What’s special: ramming without remorse
Driving without a license, collisions without consequences, no speed cameras. Bumper cars have always exerted a magical attraction at folk festivals – especially on young people. After all, many things are allowed on the approximately 30 by 15-meter driving surface that are forbidden when driving on the road (for good reason). In Germany, the electrically powered bumper cars have been racing around the parquet since 1926; the original idea – as is often the case – came from America. At the beginning of the 20th century, the trend theme of “automobiles” was being brought to amusement parks; on Coney Island in New York, the first ancestor of today’s bumper car was said to have been on display from 1906, but with cars still driven on collision-free rails. In 1938, the Distel family came to the Wiesn with their bumper cars, the first ride of this kind at that time.